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Borini surprised Giaccherini benched for Sunderland derby win

Fabio Borini was surprised Sunderland boss Gus Poyet benched Emanuele Giaccherini for the derby win over Newcastle United.

Giaccherini arrived from Juventus in the summer with a big reputation but Poyet looked elsewhere for the Tyne-Wear derby line-up and Borini suspects there was a clear plan at work.

"I don't know why Giaccherini was benched and I don't know if he's spoken with the boss about it," he said.

"We were all saying that it was an English line-up, and perhaps an English line-up might be more motivated for a derby."

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